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05.10.12 / Smoothie Anyone?

The highly anticipated smoothie post is here! That’s a lot of pressure to put on one post. I hope it doesn’t disappoint because, honestly people, these healthy lil’ drinks are way easy.

I know smoothies have been around for a while but I just started making them at home a few months ago. It all started when I was put on bed rest and got bored. I was interested in incorporating more fresh fruit and veggies into my diet but it needed to be easy. I was on bed rest after all.

Being home with Everett all day long made me realize that he could definitely use more fresh produce in his daily diet too. The kid will eat apples, bananas, strawberries and sometimes carrots but that’s it. He’s picky. Layne, on the other hand, will eat nearly any raw fruit or veggie that I put in front of him. They’re brothers but, boy, they are polar opposites.

The search was on for an easy smoothie recipe that didn’t include added sugar in the form of yogurt or juice…because that would defeat the purpose. It didn’t take me long to find rawsmoothierecipes.com. The site is full of raw smoothie recipes that don’t call for an ounce of juice or a teaspoonful of yogurt. It’s just fruit, veggies, water and maybe a tablespoon or two of flaxseed. And each recipe is reviewed by real people so you can get a feel for what it might taste like before deciding to try it. So I set to work following the recipes and making smoothies daily for Everett and me. We both loved them!

Now that I’ve been making raw smoothies for a few months, I’ve stopped following any certain recipe {although I still check out the website for different fruit & veggie combinations} and just mix together whatever I’ve got on hand. I’ve discovered there’s a simple no-fail equation for raw smoothies and that’s what I want to share with you today.

Raise your hand if you hate finding a great recipe only to realize that you don’t have 75% of the ingredients and trying the recipe will require a trip to the grocery store? My hand is waaaaay high in the air here. Picture me stretching my arm and waving it about like an excited schoolgirl who knows the answer to the teacher’s question. I don’t enjoy grocery shopping. Before I leave the house, I pysch myself up and put on my warrior face. A normal trip to the grocery store usually involves one or more of the following:

*kids who want to push their own shopping carts but don’t want to watch where they’re going or follow the grocery list {i.e. my heels take a beating from the line of kiddie carts behind me and we somehow end up with a bunch of stuff that wasn’t on our list –  and don’t even get me started on checking out…everyone wants to unload their cart’s items onto the conveyor belt themselves one. thing. at. a. time. Ugh.}

*stopping to try every single food sample and all I can think about are the hoards of germs that are surely covering them

*someone has to go potty when we’re in the dairy section at the back of the store and the restrooms are at the front…after I repeatedly asked if anyone needed to go potty before we started shopping

*backtracking to find an item on my list because the store has been reconfigured to make things ‘easier’

*forgetting something on my list because I’m trying not to lose a kid

*one of my kids pointing at an obese shopper and loudly exclaiming, “Look Mom! That guy’s fat. He must be buying junk!”

*choosing the slowest checkout lane…you know the one with the guy who realizes he left his wallet in the car after all his groceries are rung up and bagged…and all my groceries are on the belt waiting to be rung up next…giving my kids time to notice the gum, candy and other junk for sale in the checkout lane OR another variation of this is the crazy stubborn coupon lady who wants to speak to the store manager because her coupon to save 80¢ on a bag of salad isn’t redeemable for the bag of shredded cabbage she picked up…by god, lady, I will gladly pay you 80¢ to finish checking out so I can get outta here!

*a complete kiddie meltdown because I said no to the checkout lane junk

*my groceries getting bagged into plastic bags even though I gave the cashier my Envirosax bags to use

*a crying, hungry newborn

*looks of disapproval from other shoppers – why, yes, it would have been easier to leave my kids at home BUT my husband is at work/renovating our house that we don’t live in yet so I’m gonna take all these kids and groceries back to our two-bedroom apartment located ON THE THIRD FLOOR of the apartment building which does not have an elevator!!

*44 million trips up and down three flights of stairs to get everyone and everything unloaded

So, yeah, grocery shopping is an eventful experience to say the least.

But, wait, we’re talking about smoothies. Right. Carry on.

Here’s the gist.

Fill a blender two-thirds to three-fourths full of fruit. I slice larger fruit into pieces to fit it into the blender easily. {I always include at least one banana for a thicker concoction and to balance out tart fruit.} Here, I’m using banana, strawberries, frozen blueberries, kiwi and a mix of radicchio and spinach.

Fill the blender the rest of the way with greens. {This can be romaine, spinach, kale, etc.}

Pour three-fourths cup of filtered water over everything. {I use water from our Pur water pitcher. Our apartment’s water is gross so we always have a pitcher full of water in the fridge.}

Add a tablespoon or two of flaxseed. {I use Bob’s Red Mill organic flaxseed meal found in the natural food section of my local grocery store.}

Pulsate then blend for 1 minute. Use a spatula to push down any food stuck to the sides of the blender.

Continue to blend for 2 more minutes.

The result is a bubbly, frothy concoction.

I gulp my down out of a glass.

Everett likes to slurp his with a straw…in his football jersey complete with shoulder pads.

Thumbs up, Mom. He drank two large smoothies yesterday. I’m not lying. He really likes them. And Mabrey?

The sound of the blender puts her into a trance. She is completely chillaxed.

A few notes on raw smoothies:

*I bought a Ninja on sale several months ago after our neighbors recommended it to us. {They also gave me an awesome salsa recipe to make with it that I should share sometime.} It was pricey but it’s so much better than any other blender I’ve ever used. The way it turns solid fruit and leafy vegetables into a frothy liquid is great for smoothies. In the past, I’ve not liked smoothies because of their gritty texture. Clean-up isn’t that bad if I remember to rinse out the blender after each use.

*Blending for a solid 2-3 minutes is essential to putting the ‘smooth’ in your smoothie.

*Frozen fruit works. I like to buy frozen blueberries because they’re cheaper and keep longer.

*One blenderful = 3 large smoothies.

*Once blended, smoothies can be kept in the fridge for up to 12 hours. You can blend them the night before for breakfast in the morning if you want.

*Check your teeth after drinking a raw smoothie. It never fails – I always end up with bits of spinach stuck in between my teeth.

*Smoothies are a great way to use up overripe fruit. Waste not, want not.

*To save money, buy ingredients based on what’s in season or on sale locally. Check out manager specials at your grocery store. Typically, these items are about to expire but you can use ‘em up quickly in your smoothies.

*Get creative. I’ve tried mango, grapefruit and pineapple in place of more common fruit. These aren’t exotic fruits by any means but they are a nice alternative to strawberries.

I know I could probably make my smoothies healthier with less fruit and more veggies but I’m happy to do this for now. Btw, have you seen this documentary on juicing? It’s an eye-opener that I’d highly recommend, especially if you’re dealing with a chronic health problem like diabetes, hyperlipidemia {high cholesterol}, insomnia or even migraines. Pretty amazing. {That’s another reason I don’t like being a pharmacist. I feel like our society in general deals with health issues by reaching for pills way too often. Just sayin’.}

That’s my smoothie post, folks. How disappointed are you? I told you it wasn’t anything spectacular. If anything, it was cathartic to vent about my grocery shopping experiences.

Do you smoothie or juice? Any other tips for people who are looking to get more raw produce into their diet? Can you relate to my grocery shopping horror stories?

FYI – I was not compensated in any way to mention the website, products and documentary linked to above. Just sharing good stuff!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

64 Comments

10.May.2012

I love smoothies! These look so good I will have to try them. Unfortunately I only have the Magic Bullet (which is not magical at all!). I always use ice or yogurt in the bullet and it never mixes right. But I will try one of your recipes.

I also hope I can find that documentary online somewhere other than Hulu (we don’t get it in Canada) I love food documentaries. I think they way our food is processed and packaged is so important and so many people don’t care that more often than not our beef is washed in ammonia.ick! I loved watching Food Inc. (it’s on Netflix here in Canada). Maybe I’m more aware of processed food because I grew up on a farm where our beef was literally in our backyard munching on real green grass.

Anyways thanks for the post!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

No Hulu in Canada?! Outrageous. I found it on Netflix but not sure if you can get that either? Plus, it’s not free…unless you do the free one month trial.

https://signup.netflix.com/Movie/Fat-Sick-Nearly-Dead/70173634?mqso=80030196&mkwid=sCBd7F4jS&gclid=CIPm1LWP9q8CFQgDQAodISXZFQ&country=1&rdirfdc=true

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I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet AND for a quick, easy and portable breakfast option, so thank you! My grocery shopping experience isn’t as chaotic as yours (no kids yet), but I still hate it and I never fail to pick the slowest check out line!!

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10.May.2012

i love love love making smoothies for breakfast (or snack or whenever really). i find that if i don’t consciously think about putting fruit and veggies in my body then i definitely don’t eat enough of them. smoothies (i think) are the easiest (and yummiest) answer to the problem. i find that pineapple, banana, and kale is one of my favorite combos. i totally agree that banana really adds to the smoothie consistency nicely. and it’s surprising how much the flavor of kale or spinach is masked by the fruit.

so in short, i, like you, HIGHLY recommend making smoothies! =)

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10.May.2012

LOVE me some smoothies. I really enjoyed this post and have only tried spinach in my smoothies – so I’ll have to reach for other greens next time. I recommend adding some avocado (fresh or frozen) because it makes it suuuper smooth/velvety. And it doesn’t taste like avocado with all of those other fruits. I usually add milk, plain yogurt, or peanut butter for some extra calcium and protein. Keep the food posts coming :)

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Ooooh, avocado would be great!

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10.May.2012

Oh.my.god. What you go through in the grocery store gave me a headache! Bless you and I will never look at another mom sideways again (as I’m sure my little one will be totally rambunctious when she gets older). The “one of my kids pointing at an obese shopper and loudly exclaiming, “Look Mom! That guy’s fat. He must be buying junk!”” made my jaw drop as I can see this happening to me! Ahh. Thank you for the smoothie recipe and good luck next time you go shopping!

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What a great post! I’ve been too scared to include veggies or greens in my smoothies yet. Or do the whole raw thing yet either. You’ve given the the boost to try it! Our CSA box with strawberries is bing delivered today! Also you’ve made me grateful for my kid free grocery trips! I’ll appreciate enjoying it while I can!

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10.May.2012

I typically make smoothies with frozen fruit and plain Greek yogurt. Sometimes I need to add some liquid to help things blend up, such as almond milk, regular milk, water or a really watery fruit like watermelon. Sometimes I also add a spoonful of almond butter. And since mine are more of a frozen treat (I like to eat them with a spoon), I make enough to put one or two extra cups in the freezer for another day. I just thaw them slightly using the microwave.

One more thing – you can leave the green tops on your strawberries. Supposedly the green part has good vitamins and they blend up just fine.

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replied on May 10th, 2012

Leave the green tops on?! I never knew. Great tip!

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I love me some spinach smoothies! And although they are sweet, my kids dislike them because they’re GREEN. Perhaps if I use as much fruit as you did, as well as put it in a cute little cup like your sons, I can get them to drink them more often! And yes, I love the avocado tip from the girl above! :)

Serena
Thrift Diving

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replied on May 10th, 2012

The blueberries are great for giving smoothies a purple hue!

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10.May.2012

Great post! I write a wellness blog and recently did a post about smoothies (we call ‘em fruit shakes). I haven’t tried plain water yet (just sounds kinda gross), but maybe now I will. I have been using almond milk, with just a splash of 100% juice. I also use plain, non-fat greek yogurt. Lots of protein, and live cultures.

I love how you are trying to eat more fresh stuff and less sugar, and teaching that to your kids too. It’s a constant struggle, but so important.

If you’re interested, here’s the link to my post: http://wishfit.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/shake-it-baby/

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replied on May 10th, 2012

For me, the smoothies are an addition to my regular diet – not meal replacements. I eat bowl of Greek yogurt nearly every morning for breakfast. Yum! Thanks for the link to your wellness blog!

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10.May.2012

I just tried a green smoothie last week and am in love! I feel like a huge newb though since I’ve been using a 1/2 cup apple juice. The recipe that I thought was delicious was:

1/2 cup juice (Now a no no)
1/2 cup kale
1/2 banana
fresh lemon juice
1 stalk of celery
ice

It’s so good! It came from the Real Simple website.

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10.May.2012

i love stay at home mom Dana! your posts are longer and you seem so much happier, happy for you. i always add yogurt even though it has sugar, i will give it up and add water. thanks for the inspiration!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

I think the longer posts might be due to the fact that I’m discussing pee, poop and spit up {a.k.a. barf} with my boys all day long and it’s nice to have an adult conversation – even if it’s with my laptop – when HH is at work. Are such topics of disgust normal for little boys?! And I am happier at home!

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replied on May 10th, 2012

yes, boys seem to love to indulge and delight in these subjects. Not sure why – embarrassment and their way of dealing with it? My son could not get enough of saying poo poo for a several month span – thought I would go bonkers. Girls? modesty seems to prevail. Not sure my daughter ever even spit up and she remains to this day as clean and modest as one might imagine a princess (a really good one). I must be some combination of both. I can laugh at some silly stuff, but I like to keep my dignity about me. Rice milk is good in smoothies too – my fav right now is the Curious George at Daily Juice – rice milk and banana but I request added almond butter and blueberries. I love that blue hue! I need to start adding greens and also to start using my own blender! Loving your stay at home mom blogging. Still cannot imagine you as a pharmacist

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10.May.2012

I drink smoothies all the time for breakfast….they make me pee like crazy though!!

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replied on June 3rd, 2012

LOL i agree. spinach smoothies make me want to urinate shortly after drinking… dont know why, I drink mine with lots of ice blended in.

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10.May.2012

I found this post interesting as I’ve never tried smoothies. So many people advise in being careful (hidden sugars), but you can’t go wrong with natural ingredients. It’s too bad the food clip can’t be viewed from Sweden, but I’ll have to Google it. I don’t know what it’s like to have kids, but I did get a laugh picturing the one kid pointing and exclaiming (kids can be morbidly honest).

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10.May.2012

I have been making smoothies for years and they are consistently a great source of fruits & veggies that i can eat quickly or on-the-go. I don’t use juice or flavored yogurt, but I do use plain greek yogurt and unsweetened vanilla almond milk as my base. My current favorite: add handfuls of fresh spinach, frozen blueberries, peaches, fresh strawberries and then frozen chunks of banana to thicken it up. They are delicious!
I also second the avocado addition – have you tried chocolate avocado mousse? Crazy good and very little sweetener, no dairy. Blend one or two ripe avocados (but not too ripe), some cocoa powder, some liquid sweeter (like agave) and a little almond (or any plant based) milk. Top with some toasted coconut or slices of bananas.

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10.May.2012

Nice post ! Must be a change from the grout recipe … ha ha ! Did you try beetroot (love that, so sweet and thick) ? fresh mint ? I understand you don’t want juice but carrot juice shall be interesting … frozen raspberries ? a bit of lemon juice for vitamin C … pears, litchis, cantaloupe … I could go on and on … Take care !
ps : I totally agree with Lindsay above. You do seem happier from what can be told trough your posts !

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10.May.2012

Yeah! I have been on a smoothie kick for a couple of months now and I have to say that my skin has never looked better. And I just feel good – they fill me up but don’t weigh me down like many “traditional” breakfast foods do. This morning’s concoction was: pumpkin seeds, unsweetened chocolate, fresh strawberries, banana, hemp milk and big fistfuls of greens from the garden (mizuna and spinach). I like knowing that we are starting each day with a good serving of fruits and veggies.

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10.May.2012

It cracks me up to hear all our varying needs for our diets. I’ve recently started making smoothies again (once upon a time they were my work day breakfast), because since weaning my daughter definitely doesn’t get enough dairy. The kid just doesn’t like cow’s milk. In the long-term, I’m not concerned, but she’s still under two and I want her getting those fats and the extra calcium. But, she loves her veggies and can easily eat her adult size serving and mine. So, our smoothies are whole milk plain yogurt and whatever fruits need using up. She loves the tartness of plain yogurt, so I don’t even have to worry about sweetness. I do, however, have to make sure it’s really well blended or she’ll declare it yucky and demand to brush her teeth!

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Some days the only way my kids eat any veggies is via their smoothies. They will eat two leaves of spinach at dinner (as per our dinnertime rule- two bites of everything) but will suck down handfuls of spinach in a smoothie. Love it. We have a stick blender that is handy for smaller portions- easy to clean up and just put the stick part in the dishwasher.
We use milk as our liquid base. I think the protein in the milk is a nice balance to the natural sugar in the fruit. Keeps it from feeling sugar-rush’ish.
I’ve never tried just regular old salad greens! Duh- what a great idea. I also like that those little banana pieces that my kids don’t finish can be frozen for the smoothie. Like you said- waste not…

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10.May.2012

Love smoothies and have been drinking one every morning for breakfast for about 5 months now. The standard for us is skim milk, ice, banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and flax (although recently switched to chia) but I also love berries, spinach, banana, uncooked oats, cinnamon and water. So many variations out there! We also usually add protein powder for a breakfast that takes us through the morning.

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10.May.2012

Love it! We have smoothies at our house quite a bit…always with spinach added (we just call it funny names like swamp juice if it gets green in color). I’ve been on the lookout for a new blender and will have to check out the one you have. I use flax too and use Greek yogurt as a base quite a bit. Sometimes I like mine with a little lime juice for a tart flavor. I tend to freeze all my browning bananas to add to smoothies. And when I don’t have much fresh fruit around, a big old bag of frozen from Costco does the trick. The bonus with the kids…when we have the smoothie at dinner…it’s dessert! I had someone recommend trying a pumpkin smoothie since pumpkins are one of the healthiest things to eat…I might have to try that since we love pumpkin pie! Great post!

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10.May.2012

I have a green smoothie every day and I really feel like it makes a difference in how I feel. I buy huge bags of frozen fruit at Costco, or you can cut up and freeze things yourself. It is much easier to have things in the freezer than to keep fresh things on hand. Just cut up your fruit (avocado would work too!) and freeze on a cookie sheet, then store in the freezer in ziploc bags.

I also hate (detest! abhor!) grocery shopping! I try to go in the mornings when it is just me and the 3 youngest, but during the summer I’ll have 6 kids to take with me! Here’s some things that work for me: just say no to the kiddie carts. period. Have your grocery list organized by aisle so you won’t forget things and have to backtrack. I know this sounds crazy, but I actually made a fillable grocery list that is organized by aisle, in order. It really helps me to get in, get it done, and get out as quickly as possible. I’ve also found that the earlier in the day I go, the better everyone behaves. Other than that, I haven’t found much else that works and we have an adventure every time we go out!

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10.May.2012

I make these all the time. With spinach. And they are amazing. I like spinach because that keeps us full for longer. It is my go to breakfast (with yogurt) when I’m running late, or a quickie brunch for the reno crowd.

I love your description of your shopping trips. Oh, my gosh, you’re a hero. That’s all I’ve got to say.

PS. I bought the pregnancy workout video you wrote about a while back. super excited to give it a try. Thank you, I would never have found it on my own.

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10.May.2012

I am laughing out loud at your grocery shopping experiences! You are hilarious.

I think every kid is the same while in public, and every grocery store has to have those people that take forever, forget their wallets, freak out about coupons, etc.

Here’s a horror story.. The boys I nanny for followed a VERY short woman around, (she was about their height- and they’re 3 &5) yelling back to me ‘VANESSA! YOU’VE GOTTA COME SEE THIS LITTLE LADY! SHE IS SO SHORT!!! HOW CAN SHE BE A MOM?!?’ I wanted to disappear! So. Embarassing.

Thanks for the smoothie post! Gotta try this! Looks delicious. Have a great day!

xo, Vanessa
http://www.vanessawittmer.blogspot.com

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10.May.2012

I do smoothies the same way, but I also add about a half cup of cooked quinoa. Lots of protein, and it makes it more of a meal for me.

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I make a protein smoothie every morning! I like mine really thick, so I usually use frozen banana, frozen berries, greens, coconut milk and protein powder (topped with water so it’s mixable). The coconut milk is incredibly delicious and adds some good fats to the mix. I mix it up in a Magic Bullet and then run out the door. Quick simple and fresh breakfast!

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10.May.2012

Is it shameful our blender has only ever made milkshakes (and brandy alexanders?)? I can’t wait to try these smoothie recipes – never thought to add spinach (among the other fab suggestions) to the mix! And Dana, the fact that your blender is a Ninja? All around awesome.

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10.May.2012

I LOVE smoothies! I also started making them to get my daughter to eat more fruits and veggies. She doesn’t have a problem with really any kind of fruit, but veggies are a different story. I always use frozen blueberries and frozen spinach. It makes them nice and cold without needing to use ice.

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I love smoothies… and yes. I can absolutely relate to your grocery shopping woes… It is one tricky place!!

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10.May.2012

Grocery shopping sounds exciting! You could try your local csa or this http://www.greenbeandelivery.com/ for convenience but you probably still have to venture out anyways. I’ve heard the store is better from 9pm – 6am. I’m lucky I only have to contend with one and her own cart while the other drives the car although we probably shop at 3 different stores cos I’m a fussy shopper. Love smoothies though, sounds like a fantastic recipe.

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10.May.2012

Great post on smoothies! One tip from this Registered Dietitian – drink the smoothies within 30-60 minutes after blending rather than storing in the fridge as the oxidation of the fruits and vegetables are detrimental to the vitamin and mineral benefits!

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I love smoothies! I’m a huge texture person so I use these to get in veggies I won’t eat otherwise. And they’re perfect for my I’m-not-going-to-eat-just-bc-you-want-me-to toddler. He thinks he’s getting a treat. Frozen fruit and veggies are always in our fridge as back ups to fresh, especially blueberries. Thanks for the post!

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10.May.2012

YUM! That looks delish, I’m going to try it today. My 18 Month old daughter has just started to refuse all veggies (and the meat that goes with them) but loves fruit – what a great way to sneak some spinach/lettuce into her. Wish me luck!
As for the grocery shopping, I am soooo with you on that. I loathe grocery shopping, even if I get a chance to do it sans kids. So know I mostly do internet shopping – our two big supermarkets here in Australia have pretty good online shopping. Delivery costs extra (about $9) but, I think its worth it. I easily save that by only buying what’s on my list and you can easily stick to a budget as you can see the running tally as you go. And if I smile sweetly, the delivery guy brings it into my kitchen (OK, I’m not up 3 flights of stairs, but, worth asking right?). My goal is to get it down to a monthly grocery shop with a weekly quick trip for fruit/veg/bread/milk.
Good luck!

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10.May.2012

First I enjoyed your grocery shopping experiences, hopefully those are about to get a whole lot easier for you when you move into the underdog! – Second I liked this post very much and am interested in making smoothies. I am new to juicing (started after watching fat, sick, and nearly dead a month or so ago) Everything I’ve read about juicing states to drink the juice within 20 minutes of juicing, otherwise you loose the valuable nutrients from the fruits and veggies, so sometimes that makes juicing difficult. My juice mostly contains fruit and some veggies (like apples, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, pineapple, carrots, kale, and once I juiced a beet…gross, not a fan of the beet…a little too earthy for my taste).
Anyway thanks for the post!

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10.May.2012

Hey! I’m new to your blog, and I love it! I’m a smoothie fanatic myself! I’ve been slowly weaning myself off lots of fruit and towards more and more veggies, and it’s been awesome! My energy has been through the roof, and it’s definitely helped with workout recovery. :)

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10.May.2012

I also have to walk across a parking lot and up 3.5 flights of stairs to my condo! Ugh. Luckily it’s just me most of the time so I only have a couple bags and no little ones to wrangle. I hate lugging up the large pail of cat litter and 40 lbs bags of dog food.

I make smoothies with greek yogurt as as a base as I use it as a breakfast meal replacement and I need some protein in the mornings. But I’ve been using a big splash of orange juice to loosen things up. I’ll give water a try. I love spinach in the smoothie. I’m so surprised that I can’t even taste it. My favorite is two large handfuls of fresh organic spinach, frozen banana, frozen mixed berries and some flax seed. I’ll have to give avocado a try and maybe a little lime juice.

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10.May.2012

Thank you for sharing the smoothie. My kids will make fruit smoothies, but I’m going to try to sneak in some greens next time!

Thank you, also, for sharing pictures of your precious baby. It was a perfect post!

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11.May.2012

I love adding cottage cheese! Makes them ultra smooth without the added sugar of yogurt! :)

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I’m totally with you on hating to be in the grocery store, although I don’t have kids to lug around yet. I hate how grocery stores try to make a maze of their displays. Do you people want me to BUY anything or be so distracted trying not to knock over the tower o’ glass in the middle of the bread aisle that I forget what I’m there to buy?!

I used to be a sucker for smoothies but have gotten out of the habit. I’ll have to start again! And this time with veggies and no yogurt/juice (my old standbys).

Erin

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11.May.2012

Just yesterday I was searching online for smoothie recipes. Thank you for the site and the helpful hints!

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11.May.2012

Love these smoothie recipes.. here is another great tip. Your can pour them into this holders and make homemade smoothie pops for the summer!!
http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-431-4-Piece-Silicone-Maker/dp/B0036B9KHO

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replied on May 11th, 2012

Those pop holders are fab! What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.

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replied on May 12th, 2012

Have you ever visited the blog http://www.100daysofrealfood.com I think you would love it! We are slowly making changes in our house to move towards whole foods. It was on this blog that I came across the smoothie holders. She packs them in her kids lunch boxes – they are thawed and ready to drink by lunch.

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Great post!

I recently decided to “go clean” and cut out as much processed food as possible and discovered a love for smoothies! Although, I add some kind of nut butter (all natural/raw peanut or almond) and unsweetened Almond milk to make them a little creamier and for added protein. My fave this week- the “Greena-Colada”! Tastes like a vacation in a glass…

Almond milk/Coconut milk/Almond butter/frozen bananas and pineapple/Stevia (optional)/raw spinach – Sorry no measurements, I just dump in handfuls until it looks/tastes right! I make mine at night for a sweet treat after dinner treat then stick the rest in the fridge for breakfast the next morning.

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11.May.2012

This is great! It is great getting back to how food actually tastes without adding sugar. For instance, I was looking at a tutorial for juicing oranges and one of the reviewers expressed their disappointment saying, “This tasted like an orange”, they wanted something that tasted more like “juice”..what? hahah!

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11.May.2012

Hi Dana,

Great post! I’ve been adding too much greens that I think my kiddos a little turned off. Maybe i’ll titrate the ratio down a notch :). Also what’s the name of the documentary? The link brings me to opening a Hulu account and I’d like to see if our library has it. Thx!

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replied on May 11th, 2012

Oh, duh! The documentary is called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.

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11.May.2012

I can’t wait to try the smoothies! Thank you for the post. Also, I can TOTALLY relate to your grocery horror stories. Sometimes I will wait to go when all four kids are asleep rather than take them with me!

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11.May.2012

I have 3 year old twin boys and a baby girl born on the same day as yours! I avoid the grocery store at all costs with them! You are a brave woman! I have been debating about getting a ninja blender, I think I might. Love your blog!

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12.May.2012

Hi Dana!
I really don’t care for the texture of smoothies and I really don’t like the banana in some of them. I smell banana and gag. Sorry. I think it would be good for me, but I would have to buy a MUCH better blender than I have now to even think about it. I can totally relate to the grocery store. I have taken all 4 of my kids to Sam’s club so two have to walk. Trying to drive the cart, shop and keep track of two kids is challenging. Wednesday our grocery store had a HUGE sale on things I like to stock up on, and since I didn’t have enough room in my cart (I buy 6 gal of milk at a time)…I went out to the car with one cart and went back in to buy more since I only drive the 20 miles to the grocery store once per week. The kids thought I was totally nuts! When I was in Peoria, I would go to the store at 9pm so Hector could stay home with the kids and I could shop in peace. Lucky for my my mother-in-law will now often volunteer to watch one or two of the kiddos so I can more efficiently run errands

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13.May.2012

Great post, I can’t wait to try it! I feel like I am a professional juicer somedays. Every morning I make my husband, myself and my almost 2 year old juice. My little person is THE pickiest eater alive, every meal is a struggle, but when it comes to juicing, I throw in all types of fruits and veggies and he gulps it down. He even gets excited when he hears the juicer. Makes me a happy Momma knowing he is getting his healthy foods in the morning.

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15.May.2012

I tried it, and it is delicious! Also, where did you get your glasses from? They are gorgeous!

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replied on May 15th, 2012

Funny you should ask…the drinking glass {set of 4} was a gift from the pharmacy company that I used to work for!

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20.May.2012

best way to clean blender pitcher: add a drop of dish soap to pitcher with some water; run the blender, dump and rinse. voila! all the gunk around and under the blades are gone.

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22.May.2012

I love smoothies and i have three I always make, a green monster smoothie, a vegan orange Julius and my fav a chocolate almond smoothie….exactly the energy boost I need one those tiring days! Here is the almond one, I always use almond milk to make it more healthy and it comes out awesome!
http://www.wholeliving.com/136305/25-quick-and-easy-smoothie-recipes/@center/136747/whole-living-action-plan-28-day-challenge#/92976

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04.June.2012

We make smoothies almost every day. Our favorite is a chocolate smoothie- this makes two full pints:
1 banana
5 oz. spinach (so much! so good! you can back it off if you want, but we love it, and your blender might do better with it than ours. baby spinach works well, but I use whatever is cheapest)
3/4c almond milk (we use unsweetened vanilla)
2T. unsweetened cocoa powder
1T. ground flax
4 pitted deglet noor or 2 medjool dates (dates are a natural sweetener)
2 cups frozen blueberries

I add everything but the blueberries, since the volume of spinach slows everything down. Once it is all smooth then I add the blueberries. I great recipe I saw used frozen cherries instead of blueberries, if you like the whole cherry/chocolate thing. It called for pomegranate juice instead of almond milk, which is NOT sugary or bad for you. I think I used both and it was goo-ood. There’s also a blueberry orange one, uses 2 oranges, extra fresh juice and blueberries..something else too but I can’t remember.

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replied on June 5th, 2012

Sounds yummy!

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